Marvic Monreal – Mezzo Soprano
London-based mezzo soprano Marvic Monreal hails from Malta. She started her opera and classical music training under the supervision of soprano Gillian Zammit. At the age of fifteen, she joined the University of Malta Junior College Orchestra; it was here where she was introduced to a classical and sacred repertoire and was given the opportunity to perform in various local concerts. Furthermore, this experience also gave her the chance to sing in concerts held at several cathedrals, halls and public events in Germany, Italy and France.
The building of an interesting repertoire enabled her to sing recitals in Sweden Opera Theatre and Finland Mariehamn Alandika Theatre. In March 2012, Marvic participated in the Debutantes’ Concert with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mro. Michael Laus. In February 2014, she performed the solo mezzo-soprano part in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mro. Christopher Muscat, and the Maltese Oratorio Marija fil-Qalb Maltija held at St.Paul’s Mdina Cathedral with the same orchestra under the direction of Mro. Hermann Farrugia Frantz.
In 2014, Marvic enrolled in the postgraduate vocal studies programme at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), where she studies with Elizabeth Ritchie, James Baillieu and more recently with Ingrid Surgenor. Before starting her studies in London, she completed a degree in Tourism Studies at the University of Malta. At the RAM, she has performed several roles in opera scenes under the direction of Simon Iorio, Chris Cowell and Luke Gaspar and the musical direction of Gareth Hancock. She also took part in Royal Academy Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress as a member of the chorus.
Marvic sang the role of Marthe in Charles Gounod’s Faust with Winterbourne Opera in Salisbury in July 2015. Later that same year she performed alongside the international Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja under the direction of Mro. Steven Mercurio, in his annual summer concert in Malta. She also performed the title role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Teatru Manoel in Valletta in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation in October 2015 as well as the Christmas Concert of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.
In March 2016 she was in the chorus of the production May Night by Rimsky-Korsakov with the Royal Academy Opera were she also played the role of Raven. Later in 2016, Marvic joined The Glyndebourne Chorus at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where she took part in Wagner's Meistersinger, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict. She also covered the role of Dog in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen and Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In her first year at the Royal Academy Opera, Marvic performed the roles of Bradamante in Handel's Alcina and Venus in Offenbach's Orphée aux enfers. In March 2017, Marvic sang the solo alto roles in JS Bach's St Matthew's Passion and Dvořák's Stabat Mater.
Marvic has been awarded four prizes so far at the Academy: the Edna Bradford Prize, the A M Parker Prize, the Esther Hulbert Award, and most recently the Isabel Jay Prize. She was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2016 and is a Drake Calleja scholar. Marvic Monreal would like to thank the Fordyce Scholarship, Malta Arts Scholarships, BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and Ms Janatha Stubbs for their continued support.
Monreal sonorously delivered “Urlicht” in a velvety voice buoyed by Bychkov’s flowing tempo
- The Classical Source
Of the soloists , variously matched, the biggest impression was made by Marvic Monreal, currently on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music
- The Classical Source